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Archive for July 2, 2014

Iranian-American Composer Confronts Painful Ties

Composer Richard Danielpour

Though he grew up in New York, he comes from a family of Persian Jews who left Iran during World War II. The composer said he had always distanced himself from his family history. That changed in 2009 when the shooting of a young Iranian woman made headlines around the world. The scene deeply effected the composer who decided to write Darkness in the Ancient Valley in tribute

Native Chicagoan Returns for Solo at Grant Park

21-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas

Gabriel Cabezas played his first WFMT broadcast in 2008. The show was Introductions, a WFMT production that showcases Chicago’s young musicians (pre-college). At the time, Cabezas was a sophomore at New Trier High School.

Now, six years later, Cabezas has soloed with major orchestras

Ravinia Presents the Next Generation

Ravinia

For most of us, the Ravinia Festival means picnics and great music. For a lucky few – a lucky and hard-working few – the Ravinia Festival is an excellent place to train for a music career. Teaching isn’t exactly a day job for faculty at the Steans Institute. Many of the teachers have themselves been headliners at Ravinia’s pavilion, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa